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Old     (conklinm)      Join Date: Jun 2009       03-16-2010, 11:14 AM Reply   

I'm going to ask the stupid question first...... am I going to get much better riding experience if I add a tower? I am riding behind a Sport Deck boat (nautic star 23" O/B). Am I going to get better pop by adding a tower even though the boat is throwing the same wake?

Are there any other improvements that I can make to the boat to enhance the wake/riding (prop, etc). Besides buying a real wakeboard boat, of course

Thanks for the advice!
Old     (sidekicknicholas)      Join Date: Mar 2007       03-16-2010, 11:18 AM Reply   
Tower and ballast will make it easier on you.... but it won't do everything
Old     (Sly_Park_Mark)      Join Date: Mar 2010       03-16-2010, 11:40 AM Reply   
What's your riding level? A tower will get you more air, as will ballast, but you might not notice the difference if you're a beginner. The best way to get more air is to make sure your edging and standing-tall-at-the-wake techniques are really solid. Otherwise, you won't notice a difference with a tower.

Once you get higher than the point on the boat to which your rope is attached, the rope starts to exert a downward force on you, pulling you back down again. The benefit of a tower is that it allows you to jump higher before you reach that point. If you are consistently jumping higher than the attachment point of the rope to the boat, I would recommend a tower. If not, then I would say don't bother. It's an expensive purchase to make if you don't really need it. If your technique is solid, I would get some fat sacs before I got a tower.
Old     (andy_nintzel)      Join Date: Sep 2004 Location: Minnesnowda       03-16-2010, 11:58 AM Reply   
In the words of Mr. Garrison from Southpark, "There is no such things as stupuid questions only stupid People."

With that said, I really do believe that a tower is far more helpful as a training tool than a ballast. It will make getting up easier as well. I would say go for it, toss a Monster on that thing and your set.
Old     (blowhole)      Join Date: Nov 2009       03-16-2010, 12:00 PM Reply   
yes get a tower
Old     (blowhole)      Join Date: Nov 2009       03-16-2010, 12:01 PM Reply   
monsters are cheap now
Old     (kraig)      Join Date: Dec 2002       03-16-2010, 12:40 PM Reply   
Tower= Being pulled UP out of the water.
Eyelet on back of boat= Being pulled DOWN into the water

A tower will help you progress by always pulling you up, you know, the direction we ALL want to go!
Old     (epic1)      Join Date: Oct 2006       03-16-2010, 9:31 PM Reply   
no. we have all seen byerley in retrospect throw a tantrum to blind(i think) on a stock wake with no ballast. We are not all byerley calliber, but still. it will make your boat way cooler though!
Old     (bill_airjunky)      Join Date: Apr 2002       03-16-2010, 9:45 PM Reply   
Towers don't get you more height. They give you hang time. You still have to earn the height.... that comes from pop, which is a skill you have to develop. And a medium -large clean wake (little or no air in it). Once you get the height, the tower will pull level, not back down, so you get an extra micro-second to complete your tricks.

Towers do add an upper dimension to the boat. A place to put racks, speakers, gets your stuff off the floor of the boat. They give you a place to hold on when your standing up while the boat is under way, a place to hold on to the boat while it's by a dock or another boat.

Sturdy towers are best. Towers that move, break. Titan makes the sturdiest tower under the sun.

Last edited by bill_airjunky; 03-16-2010 at 9:48 PM.
Old     (bmartin)      Join Date: Jan 2007       03-17-2010, 12:18 PM Reply   
Height, pop, amp, hangtime or whatever you want to call is a function of: technique/skill >>> wake >>> board > tower. I agree with Bill, towers are a really nice place to hang gear and other boat ornaments and finish out the looks of most boats and worth it for those aspects alone but besides a potential 'placebo effect' will have a relatively minor influence on your riding.


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